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PreK-12 Teachers

CASE programs provide professional development for preK-12 teachers and hands-on experiences for preK-12 classes

Professional Development

STEM in Early Childhood Education: From Theory to Practice

When: Summer 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University (Cape Cod) – Heritage Museums and Gardens
Time: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM — 3:00PM  

The Early Childhood STEM Institute, in collaboration with Bridgewater State University CAPE COD and Heritage Museums and Gardens, is offering a one-week long course “STEM in Early Childhood Education: From Theory to Practice”. The course will increase confidence and attitudes toward teaching STEM in early childhood education, by providing the students with an understanding of best practices. Students will explore and reflect on a model STEM curriculum, understand and demonstrate qualities of an intentional STEM-Focused lessons and curriculum, and plan an integrated STEM lesson creating intentional standards-based activities.

Registration: Registration is open to In-service and Pre-service teachers, as well as Undergraduate (ECED: 225) and Graduate (ECED: 525) students. Current BSU students can register via InfoBear.

Schedule:  

Monday, July 11, 2016 9:00AM-3:00PM BSU Cape Cod
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:00AM-3:00PM Heritage Museums & Gardens
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 9:00AM-3:00PM Heritage Museums & Gardens
Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:00AM-3:00PM Heritage Museums & Gardens
Friday, July 15, 2016 9:00AM-3:00PM BSU Cape Cod

 

Tuition and Fees: Non-Credit Registration: (2.5 CEUs or 45 PDPs) $500

                            BSU Non-Matriculated Undergraduate Credit Registration: (ECED 225: 3 credits) $860

                            BSU Non-Matriculated Graduate Credit Registration: (ECED 525: 3 credits) $860

                            Already a BSU Student? Register online via InfoBear!

For more information about the course, please contact Melissa Russell, Preschool Director of the Hundred Acre School and Course Instructor at mrussell@heritagemuseums.org or 508-888-3300 x165.

For more information about registering for non-matriculated college credit, please visit: http://microsites.bridgew.edu/ccs/summer-session

For any other questions, please contact Dr. Jo Hoffman jo.hoffman@bridgew.edu

 

Teaching Infectious Disease - A Course for Pre-service Teachers

When: Fall 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University
Time: Thursdays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
Cost: $325.00

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University, in Collaboration with the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine, is offering a new course, entitled BIO 495: Topics in Physiology – Teaching Infectious Disease. The course provides students with the background to teach about Infectious Disease (ID) at the high school level using The Great Diseases curriculum, developed in partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to explore host-microbe interactions and challenges of identifying and treating ID. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach about ID and will learn to modify lessons for their classroom.

Registration: Undergraduate enrollment is limited to students in the B.S. Biology Secondary Education concentration or B.A. Biology and Elementary Education dual majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 200 with a minimum grade of "C-" AND consent of department chair.

Tuition and Fees Incentive: Tuition and fees for this course are offset by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program. For full-time undergraduate students, the grant will pay for additional fees resulting from Bridgewater State University's Evening Charge Policy. Tuition and fees for part-time undergraduates is reduced to $325.

 

Teaching Infectious Disease - A Course for In-service Teachers

When: Fall 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University
Time: Thursdays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
Cost: $325.00

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University, in Collaboration with the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine, is offering a new course, entitled BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Infectious Disease. The course provides in-service teachers with the background to teach about Infectious Disease (ID) at the high school level using The Great Diseases curriculum, developed in partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to explore host-microbe interactions and challenges of identifying and treating ID. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach about ID and will learn to modify lessons for their classroom.

Registration: Enrollment is limited to Graduate Students

Tuition and Fees Incentive: Tuition and fees for this course are offset by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program. For full-time undergraduate students, the grant will pay for additional fees resulting from Bridgewater State University's Evening Charge Policy. Tuition and fees for part-time undergraduates is reduced to $325.

CASE Conference 2016

Registration Now Closed

When: February 25, 2016 (snow date: March 3, 2016)
Where: Bridgewater State University, Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 PM (registration begins at 3:00 PM)
Cost: $30 (includes plenary, keynote address, 2 workshop sessions and buffet dinner)
Professional Development: Up to 10 PD hours available

Keynote Speaker: Heather Goldstone
All Climate is Local: Lessons in Communicating Science to the Public
At its core, science is a deeply human endeavor to understand and interpret our world. The passion, curiosity, and excitement that drives scientists; the painstaking pace of research; the accidents and mistakes that sometimes lead to important revelations, all are key elements of science that are often lost in the rush to convey scientific facts and figures to the general public. But, without understanding how science – and scientists – work, non-scientists stand little chance of understanding the results they produce.
Heather Goldstone is science editor at WCAI and host of Living Lab on The Point, a weekly show exploring how science gets done and makes its way into our daily lives. Dr. Goldstone holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as a researcher before leaving the lab to pursue journalism. She has reported extensively on Woods Hole’s unique scientific community and key environmental issues on Cape Cod. Her stories have appeared in outlets ranging from Cape Cod Times and Commercial Fishery News, to NPR and PBS News Hour. Most recently, Dr. Goldstone hosted Climatide.org, an NPR-sponsored blog exploring present-day impacts of climate change on coastal life.
 
Plenary Speaker:  Michael Maziarz
Michael Maziarz has focused the last 10 plus years of educational work to the transformation of low performing urban schools in Hartford, CT.  He was a teacher at Hartford Public High School, and later the Dean of Students at two academies.  He is currently entering his fourth year as the Principal of the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology. Michael has accelerated the school's National Academy Foundation Model by developing an Advisory Board of local business partners aligned to the school's theme that has been nationally recognized, infusing a rigorous project-based learning curriculum, and providing students with paid internships and work-based learning experiences at partner companies like United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, and CBIA. Under his leadership, the school has been nationally recognized for its student-centered project-based learning work, has received the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon Award, the CT Green Leaf Award, the Construction Institute Special Industry Award for student-lead projects, acknowledged the past two year's by the President and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association for its exemplar work in preparing students for the future workforce, and has hosted annual Regional Robotics Competitions for their success as one of the leading programs in the region.  Michael has presented nationally at multiple National Academy Foundation Conferences as an exemplar for project-based learning, internship and work-based learning programs, and on developing Advisory Boards and partnerships with high level local, national, and global business and industry companies.  Michael has been able to show significant growth on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and student internships through his passion to create a family environment promoting a positive climate and culture, along with improving the quality of instruction through strong collaborative teams and student-centered rigorous and relevant learning.
 
Hands-on Workshop Sessions that provide teachers with sample projects, activities and lessons that can be included in their classrooms.
 

Workshop Session I

Workshop Session II

Please contact Maura Whittemore, Administrative Assistant for CASE at mwhittemore@bridgew.edu or Kim McCoy, Assistant Director for CASE at kmccoy@bridgew.edu with any questions

 

Discover the Microbes Within

Professional development for teachers (pre-service, in-service or recent graduates) who have interest, enthusiasm and a commitment to science education.

Date: April 2/3 and 9/10, 2016
Location:  Bridgewater State University, Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center

In partnership with Bridgewater State University, the Marine Biological Laboratory will offer a professional development workshop for both in-service and pre-service teachers. This workshop is designed to bring real-world scientific research into high school biology classes through inquiry, discovery and biotechnology. Any teacher (pre-service, in-service or recent graduate) who has interest, enthusiasm and a commitment to science education can participate in Discover the Microbes Within. We encourage teachers to apply who will network with their colleagues and help spread this project within their own schools and beyond. We welcome teachers in any stage of their careers. The instructors are willing to help teachers at all levels of ability. However, please be aware that the program is very science intensive and so a willingness to learn new terms, techniques and material in a fast pace is key. Twenty-four selected participants will attend the workshop. All candidates must submit a completed application. by March 4, 2016

Fee: This course may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit. Grant funding is available to partially offset the cost of tuition and fees. In-service teachers taking the course for graduate-credit will receive a $300 discount on tuition and fees. Undergraduate pre-service teachers will receive up to $500 towards any additional cost resulting from Bridgewater State University’s Evening Charge Policy. Please contact Dr. Jenna Mendell at Jennifer.Mendell@bridgew.edu for more information and instructions on how to register. There is no fee to participate if taking the course for professional development points. Lodging, meals and all education materials will be covered. Participants should secure their own funding for travel.


Inspiring Students and Enriching Your STEM Curricula: The Wonderful World of Inno-vation Inspired by Nature

Professional Development for teachers of any subject from grades 4-12.

Date: This workshop has been canceled
 

Every now and then, an idea comes along which holds great promise for improving student learning - project-based education, self-paced study, guided discovery and now biomimicry. Biomimicry, also known as bio-inspired design or biomimetics, is the innovation strategy of improving human technologies by abstracting good design from Nature. Energy-efficient buildings based on the structure and function of termite mounds, land mine detectors inspired by tumbleweeds, electronic circuits that dissolve in water, and plastics built from atmospheric carbon (similar to how trees grow) are just a small sample of the biomimetic technologies that scientists, engineers, chemists, and architects are developing today. Indeed, biomimicry is one of the most imaginative and fastest growing drivers of new technologies and economic growth in modern times, full of exciting, real-world applications that draw from the genius of Nature's designs to improve our human-built world in astonishing ways.

Biomimicry also provides a fascinating as well as optimistic context for teachers to explore many different STEM subjects with their students: general science, chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, math, and more (even the arts, e.g., through scientific illustration). In order to help integrate the fascinating world of biomimicry into your classrooms, the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education and Biomimicry New England are excited to announce Inspiring Students and Enriching Your STEM Curricula: The Wonderful World of Innovation Inspired by Nature, an intensive teacher workshop. The workshop will be taught by Sam Stier, Director of the Center for Learning with Nature. We encourage teachers of any subject from grades 4-12 to apply.

Fee: $30 (includes dinner)
Financial/Refund Policies: Full payment is due at the time of registration.  A full refund will be issued if written cancellation is received by March 11, 2016. After that, no refunds of payments will be issued. For further information, please contact Maura Whittemore at mwhittemore@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2575.
 
 

Other Professional Development Opportunities for preK-12 teachers

Additional Professional Development opportunites are available through CityLab, Watershed Access Lab, Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative and Games Teachers Play programs.  For more information on professional development offered through CASE, please click here.

Class visits to BSU:

Middle and high school students can experience hands-on inquiry based science during class visits to CASE’s outreach laboratories. Hands-on activities include: Crucial Concentration, Mystery of the Crooked Cell, Lab Larceny and Does this Parking Lot Look Green to You? For more information and to schedule a visit for your middle or high school class, please visit CityLab and Watershed Access Lab websites.

K-12 teachers may also schedule visits to BSU’s Observatory for private viewing events and the following workshops: Impact Cratering, Spectroscopy, Moons in Motion, Scale of the Solar System, and What’s in the Sky? For more information and to schedule a visit for your K-12 class, please visit the Observatory website.

EarthView visits to your school:

BSU's EarthView program uses a 20-foot inflatable globe to teach K-12 students world geography. For more information on having the EarthView program come to your school, please call Maura Whittemore at 508.531.2575 or email: mwhittemore@bridgew.edu.

 

Global Civic Education & Leadership Publications

  • Van Leuven, Nancy, Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger, Danielle Newton, and Tammy Esteves. (2011). Reaching Citizen 2.0: How Government Uses Social Media to Send Public Messages during Times of Calm and Times of Crisis. Submitted.
  • Leuenberger, Deniz. (2010). Finance Reform and Performance-Based Budgeting in the United Arab Emirates. Ed. Charles E. Menifield in Comparative Budgeting: An Examination of Public Budgeting Across the World. Jones and Bartlett.
  • Leuenberger, Deniz. (2010). Women, Sustainable Development, Environment, and Social Justice. Eds. Maria D'Agostino and Helisse Levine. Women in Public Administration: Theory and Practice. Jones and Bartlett.